Isaac Pastor-Chermak is a cellist, conductor, and teacher. Educated at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Idaho, he performs and conducts a repertoire spanning 500 years on instruments ranging from baroque cello, violoncello piccolo and viola da gamba to the most experimental electronic instruments.
Based in Northern California, Pastor-Chermak is currently principal cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Symphony, in addition to holding membership in the New World Symphony in Miami, the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic, the Monterey (California) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Santa Cruz (California) Symphony. In the summers, he is an orchestra member at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria. Pastor-Chermak is a past member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Walla Walla Symphony, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony.
In addition to his duties as an orchestral cellist, Pastor-Chermak maintains a vigorous schedule of solo, chamber music, recording, conducting and teaching engagements throughout the United States and abroad. In particular, he is known for his marathon performances of Bach's Suites for Solo Cello. Pastor-Chermak is Beelard Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music in Vacaville, CA, where he teaches cello lessons and directs Solano Junior Strings, a highly selective youth chamber orchestra.
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